Opinion

The road best traveled for the city’s pension funds

Editorials

The number for 2019 is $4.5 million. That’s how much spending in the next city budget is set aside for the pension funds of Williamsport police, firemen and officers and employees. The amount approved by City Council is $500,000 more than it was this year. The good news is that the ...

Telemedicine bill will improve healthcare access, help lower costs

Opinion

Anytime a family member gets sick, it’s only natural that we want to find the best options to figure out what’s wrong and help them get the care they need.   As technology advances, families have more options for care — not just in the office of a physician or provider. Thanks to ...

Making the case for a city manager

Opinion

On Tuesday, November 4th, the voters of Williamsport will have a chance to change the structure of the city government. This opportunity does not happen often, so I hope everyone will consider the options carefully, become informed, and vote on what you think is best. I am a longtime ...

Other nations must join U.S. to put more pressure on Iran

Editorials

Even defenders of the deal former President Barack Obama’s administration negotiated with Iran admitted that it would delay Tehran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons only about 10 years. That was three years ago. Now, some are warning that President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the ...

The Kavanaugh Combat and Campus Cranks

Opinion

For Washington Post readers, we offer a quiz. Guess which one of these now-deleted tweets from Washington, D.C., Catholic college professors about the Brett Kavanaugh battle and Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick is considered scandalous and newsworthy. 1. “Swetnick is 55 y/o. Kavanaugh is ...

Kavanaugh’s anger made sense

Opinion

Brett Kavanaugh may have saved his Supreme Court confirmation with one of the most memorable statements in modern congressional history. After his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, delivered a compelling, sympathetic performance earlier in the day, Kavanaugh entered the Senate Judiciary ...

Political hijinks block plan to cut state House size

Editorials

Pennsylvania has the largest full-time Legislature in the nation. That means it’s larger than the ones that serve California, Texas, Florida and New York state. That should be all you need to know about a multi-year effort to shrink the number of state lawmakers in Pennsylvania. The ...

Regarding Flake, I am guilty as charged

Opinion

Not for the first time, the criticism reads: “Why don’t you admit it, Shields? You reflexively like politicians.” It’s true. I do like most people who dare to run for political office. For me and most people I know, our lives are a succession of unpublicized setbacks and ...

The problem with Trump ‘doctrine of patriotism’

Opinion

President Trump began his address to the United Nations last week with some of the boilerplate braggadocio that forms the basis of his rallies. The audience laughed. And, not surprisingly, this became the main story for most news networks and headline writers. That’s too bad, because no ...

Literary taste Vs. Stormy Daniels

Opinion

It’s fascinating when the national media’s literary tastemakers make room for the transparently tasteless. Time magazine offered its picks for “The Best New Books to Read Fall 2018,” and two ticks down from former first lady Michelle Obama’s memoir was “Full Disclosure” by ...

How abortion polarized America

Opinion

“Here’s my question,” tweets legal scholar Jeffrey A. Sachs, obviously in response to the controversy over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “what is the alternative reality where Roe was never decided, levels of partisan polarization are identical to our own, and the SCOTUS ...

Brownfields boost? Hopefully, history will be repeated

Editorials

The Brodart neighborhood, the Pajama Factory, Wegman’s and Kohl’s department store all have something in common besides being located in Williamsport. At one time, all of them were underutilized or abandoned properties and buildings. The Lycoming County commissioners have gotten an ...

Bowman Field due for one final series of improvements

Editorials

The long odyssey to preserving Bowman Field for the next generation is nearly complete. The city of Williamsport recently was notified it will receive a $600,000 state grant for another round of structural improvements at the historic facility that houses the Williamsport Crosscutters and ...

Will the nation’s booming economy save Republicans in the midterms?

Opinion

Democrats need to win a net 23 seats in November to gain majority control in the House of Representatives. History suggests that they have a good chance of doing so because the party out of power almost always gains seats in the midterm. Even an average midterm gain would be enough to make ...

Delay, deceive and destroy

Opinion

Who believes another FBI investigation of Brett Kavanaugh will be the end of it? If the FBI finds nothing to support Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party, will it be enough for Democrats to vote to confirm him? Republicans say the ...

Plan shows future vision for Thruway, Route 220 projects

Editorials

The path to making a dangerous, eight-mile stretch of Route 220 between Williamsport and Jersey Shore safe has not been cheap or expedient. Much has been done over the past decade to improve that section of highway, but more work remains in the next few years. That work was part of $400 ...

President Trump continues to rack up foreign policy success

Opinion

WASHINGTON — In his new book “Fear,” Bob Woodward recounts that in April 2017, after President Trump saw images of dead Syrian children with their mouths foaming from a sarin attack, he called Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and issued an order: Get me a plan for a military strike to take ...

Kavanaugh/Ford and credibility

Opinion

The combatants in the case of Ford v. Kavanaugh claim that what has been occurring nationally is not a “trial,” but it certainly has been treated as a trial by the media. The live coverage of the testimony in this drama reminds a casual observer of the OJ Simpson case. America was riveted ...

Land and Water Conservation Fund deserves to remain

Editorials

If you enjoy outdoor recreation, whether that means camping in a wilderness area or just taking the kids to the playground at a city park, there is an excellent chance you owe a debt of gratitude to a federal program of which you may never have heard. It is the Land and Water Conservation ...

Trump racks up foreign policy success

Opinion

WASHINGTON — In his new book “Fear,” Bob Woodward recounts that in April 2017, after President Trump saw images of dead Syrian children with their mouths foaming from a sarin attack, he called Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and issued an order: Get me a plan for a military strike to take ...